Just patches of refrozen snow on the ground. The pine siskins have shown up in the past two days. They seems to have either absorbed or displaced the redpolls--the two species are so similar that from a mid-distance it is hard to tell them apart There must be over a hundred birds on the flocks around the house, so I put out a goodly amount of seeds for them every morning.
The cats are most appreciative of the distraction during these quiet winter days, especially Frannie, who--being deaf--is more visually-oriented than the other cats. She spends hours on the window sills watching the activity outside.